Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is advancing its mobile strategy this week with the announcement of the feature set for its next major update to Windows Phone 7 (WP7)
The WP7 update — codenamed Mango — is scheduled for release this fall, Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft Windows Phone program management told the audience gathered in Las Vegas for the company’s MIX11 conference.
On the list of new features coming in Mango is the addition of Internet Explorer 9. Among other features coming in Mango is support for application multitasking for background processing functions, including “audio and file transfer, and fast application switching,” according to Microsoft statements.
Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of the .NET developer program, showed off new tools coming for WP7 development, including announcing the immediate beta test of Microsoft’s Silverlight 5 streaming technology.